Mohammad-Ali Miri

Mohammad-Ali Miri is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He earned his Ph.D. in Optics from CREOL, the Center for Optics and Photonics, at the University of Central Florida in 2014, and before joining CUNY he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are in the broad areas of optics and photonics, nonlinear optics, integrated photonics, optical computing, and analog optical information processing. He is a recipient of the 2022 Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). He has authored and co-authored more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

Email: mmiri at

Postdoctoral Fellows

Ali Binaie

Ali Binaie received the B.S. degree (Hons.) from Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran, in 2012, M.Sc. degree from the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2014, and the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, in 2021, all in Electrical Engineering. Before joining Columbia University, he was a researcher with the AIC Laboratory, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy, working on high-speed electro-optical transceivers. His research interests include analog, RF, and millimeter-wave integrated circuits and systems, electro-optical systems, and silicon photonic integrated circuits and systems. He held an internship position with Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX, USA, in 2020. He was a recipient of the Columbia University Jacob Millman Award for Outstanding Teacher Assistants in 2021, Columbia University Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC) Professional Development Scholarship Award in 2021, the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Predoctoral Achievement Award in 2020, the Best Student Paper Award (Second Place) at the IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC) in 2020, and the Jean Bennett Memorial Student Grant Award at the Optical Society (OSA) Frontiers in Optics and Laser Science (FiO+LS) Conference in 2020.

Graduate Students

Jiajie Ding

Jiajie Ding is a Ph.D. student working on the collective behavior of coupled photonic oscillator networks. He received his B.S. in 2015 from Fudan University, China.

Email: jding at

Mostafa Honari-Latifpour

Mostafa is a Ph.D. student working on physics-inspired computation methods and unconventional computing platforms for applications in optimization and learning. He received his M.S. in 2018 from the University of Tehran and his B.S. in 2015 from Tehran Polytechnic, Iran, both in Electrical Engineering.

Email: mhonarilatifpour at

Kamyar Rashidi

Kamyar received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in ECE from the University of Kurdistan and Tarbiat Modares University, respectively. He is interested in the design, simulation, and fabrication of next-generation optical devices as well as finding new approaches to overcome the limitations of current technology. His research background includes the design and optimization of photonic devices, such as photonic crystals, biosensors, lasers, and optical fibers.

Email: krashidi at

Matthew Markowitz

Matt received his B.S. degree in 2018 from CUNY, Hunter College. His primary focus has been on the design and optimization of metasurfaces and multilayer devices.

Undergraduate Students

Erina Vela

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Physics at Queens College with aspirations of becoming a mechanical engineer. I have participated in Queens College’s first ever Computer-Aided Design (CAD) club and am continuously advancing my skills in CAD and various coding languages. My short-term goal is to get accepted into an engineering program for graduate school.